The formation of Kinngait Studios in the late 1950s laid the groundwork for a legendary printmaking tradition. About 1,200 miles north of Toronto, the hamlet of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, is home to a multigenerational community of gifted graphic artists. Their cooperatively owned printmaking studios have been in continual operation since 1959, producing unique, captivating, and powerful images based on drawings of traditional and modern Inuit life. The artists of Cape Dorset are active in the studios from fall through late spring. Diverse media are available to the printmakers-etching and aquatint, woodcut, and copper engraving-but their mainstays are stonecut, stencil, and lithography. When the print editions are finished and the fine summer weather arrives, many of the artists leave the community to return to the land and their traditional camps.
8.5 x 5.5 inches
56 pages, 25 images